It’s #ukcoffeeweek! As such, it’s a great time to advocate the benefits of coffee. So, what glorious timing that Ran from Doppio Coffee got in touch to guest blog for Coffee Birmingham, introducing seven great reasons why drinking coffee is good for you.
Other than being incredibly satisfying, drinking a hot cup of java brings several benefits to our health and wellbeing. In this post I look at the benefits of drinking coffee in more detail, and highlight why it is always a good idea keep drinking the black liquid.
1. Coffee is Brain Food
Caffeine, the psychoactive stimulant found in coffee makes you feel more awake. Moreover, it blocks adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter in your brain. When this happens a chain reaction occurs which leads to other neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine increasing. In turn this causes brain neurons to fire, enhancing brain functions.
This is why coffee has been shown to improve your memory, mood, and reaction times, in addition to your energy levels.
2. Weight Loss
Research into caffeine’s ability to burn fat has shown positive results. Studies suggest that 10% of fat is burned by obese people, while non obese people can say goodbye to around 29% of their body fat simply by drinking coffee.
In addition, other studies have shown that your metabolic rate is boosted between 3-11%, which is another fat blaster. The studies do show however, that as we grow more tolerant to caffeine the fat burning affect is lessened. Nonetheless, if you ever need an excuse for a hot coffee, it is hard to think of a better one.
3. Strengthen the Mind
Studies have shown that drinking coffee can fight depression. A Harvard Study showed that four cups per day lessened the risk of depression by 20%. While over half were less likely to commit suicide.
Although the range is quite vast (32-60%) the chances of developing Parkinson’s disease is less among coffee drinkers. This appears to be entirely down to caffeine as the risk of Parkinson’s is unaffected in decaf only drinkers.
And it’s not just Parkinson’s disease. Studies suggest that you are 65% less likely to contract Alzheimer disease through drinking coffee.
4. Nutrients in Coffee
Coffee contains essential nutrients. Through regular consumption, you are contributing to your recommended daily amount (RDA) of certain types of nutrients. Take a look:
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
- Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.
5. Enhances Physical Performance
Caffeine not only makes your mind sharper, it also enhances your physical performance. Studies suggest that performance levels improve by 11-12% on average. This is partly because caffeine releases Epinephrine (Adrenaline) into your blood. In turn this provides performance energy.
Given that most people do not eat as much fruit and vegetable as they should do, coffee for most people provides the strongest source of antioxidants. This is important as antioxidants remove damaging oxidising agents from food.
7. Reduced Risk of Liver Cancer
Studies suggest that coffee reduces the chances of contracting both liver and colorectal cancer. This is very good news considering that these two cancers are the third and fourth most deadly in the world.
In addition to kicking cancer into touch, coffee drinks may have a lower chance of contracting type II diabetes. Studies vary but you could have 25-50% less risk of contracting type 2 diabetes simply by drinking java.
Time for a cup of Coffee?
If you regularly drink caffeinated coffee, not only will you feel good, you will be protecting yourself from all sorts of illnesses and diseases that are affecting more of us each day. You will also be burning fat and improving your mind.
So with this in mind, pour yourself a hot cup of coffee, and enjoy every last sip.
About our guest blogger.
Ran works for Doppio Coffee, a coffee wholesale company that aims to build a bridge between roasters, coffee equipment manufacturers, and independent coffee shops. Doppio believes in providing a variety of coffee to suite all tastes and budgets, offering 6 brands and 13 blends.
Why do you like drinking coffee and what are the benefits to you? Join the conversation on twitter @coffeebrum // #ukcoffeeweek.